Scholarships and Financial Assistance

With education costs on the rise, enhancing student assistance is a top priority for Acadia. Each year, we award more than $4 million to students in the form of scholarships, scholar-bursaries, bursaries, awards, and prizes. By maintaining a strong scholarship and financial assistance program, we are able to attract, retain and support our students.

As a donor to scholarships and financial assistance, you can direct your gift toward: general award funds or awards for specific departments, faculties, research, or athletic teams; any existing named awards; or you can create a personal legacy by establishing a named award yourself. By supporting scholarships and financial assistance, you can help to ensure access to all of the rewards of an Acadia education.

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Jack Scholz Memorial Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Kinesiology

The Jack Scholz Memorial Award. Established in 2013 by a grateful former student-athlete in memory of Jack Scholz. Jack was a strong leader and an inspirational member of the Acadia community. A professor in Acadia's School of Recreation and Physical Education, he served for many years as the Head Coach of the men's and women's varsity swim teams, and was the founder of the S.M.I.L.E program. To be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics to a varsity athlete who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills, commitment to achievement and teamwork. Preference for a member of the swim team. Where possible, the award will be made to a swimmer who is enrolled in a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Kinesiology.

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Janis and Felicita Kalejs Memorial Award in Music

Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Janis and Felicita Kalejs Memorial Award in Music is awarded annually to a promising student of strings on recommendation from the School of Music.

This award was established through gifts in memory of the late Dean Janis Kalejs and Professor Felicita Kalejs of the School of Music. The Kalejs', through their teaching, inspired their students to use their talents in their careers, for their own pleasure, and for the enjoyment of others: Janis in strings from 1949 to 1973 and Felicita in piano from 1949 to 1979.

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Jean Amy & Jane MacIntyre Memorial Award in Music

Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Jean Amy & Jane MacIntyre Memorial Award in Music is awarded annually on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to a student registered in that School who is making commendable progress with preference given in the study of piano or organ.

The award was first provided in 1980 by the late Mrs. MacIntyre's sister, Mrs. W.D. Burden, and daughters, Mrs. Mary Charlotte Reeves and Mrs. Jean P. Amy. The award was updated in 2005 through the generosity of the estate of Jean P. Amy (Class of ’43). Jane MacIntyre graduated from the Acadia Seminary in 1914.”

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Jean Swift Education Award

Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year

The Jean Swift Education Award is provided annually to a student pursuing a Bachelor of Education degree. Preference will be given to a student from the Springhill/Cumberland County area with demonstrated financial need. The recipient will be chosen on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Education.

The award has been established to honour Jean Swift (DSS, Acadia, 1944) who pursued a career in educating others, by her sons David and Bruce (BSC, CAS, Acadia, 1978) Tuck.

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Jim 'Lefty' MacVicar Memorial Awards

Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Entering first year

The Jim 'Lefty' MacVicar Memorial Awards are awarded annually to two Nova Scotia students entering a degree program at Acadia University with a minimum 75% entering average. The awards will be made on the basis of academic performance and commitment to athletics prior to attending Acadia University. Preference will be given to students who are a member of an Acadia University varsity athletics team.

The endowed award was established in 2007 by The John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation, in consultation with the MacVicar Family, to honour late Jim "Lefty" MacVicar (BA Acadia, 1955; BED Acadia 1956) who taught John Bragg at Oxford High School. Jim was a proud Axeman on the Acadia University hockey team.

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John and Margaret Forbes Award in Entrepreneurship

Award of up to $15,000 | Eligibility: Current 3rd year, Nova Scotia

Established in 2018 by Margaret and Gerald Kazma through the Kazma Family Foundation in honour and memory of Margaret's brother John A. Forbes and wife Margaret (MacIsaac), this renewable award is granted to third-year students annually, one female and one male. Preferably from Nova Scotia, the recipients display entrepreneurial spirit, academic achievement and financial need.

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John D. Butch Award

Award | Eligibility: Computer Science

Established in 2019 by Tracey McGillivray (’87/’15) in honour of a mentor and friend, John D. Butch, this award is granted to a full-time female computer science student who demonstrates leadership qualities through extracurricular activities such as volunteer work, athletics or arts. Preference will be given to students exhibiting financial need.

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Jonathan Andrews Memorial Award

Award of up to $3,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Current 2nd year

The Jonathan Andrews Memorial Award. Established in 2013 by family and friends in memory of Jonathan Andrews. To be awarded to a returning Acadia second year undergraduate science student in recognition of an exceptional connection with the greater community. Through the use of intellect, empathy, and humour, the recipient will have had significant positive impact on others. Awards will be made based on applications to be reviewed by committee.

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Judith Jane Leidl Award in Visual Art

Award | Eligibility: Arts, Art

Established in 2014 in honour of Judith Jane Leidl’s contributions as an artist and a teacher, the award is presented to a student demonstrating excellence in visual arts as recommended by the Dean of Arts in consultation with the Acadia University Art Instructor(s).

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